How to Be a Dad

How to Be a Dad

My Kid Just Said… #46

Posted by on April 30th, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“When I’m a grandpa and you’re a baby again, I’m going to give you lots of toys.” -Finn (2014, 4.5 years old)   My son’s concept of time is… interesting. “Yesterday” could mean two years ago or two minutes ago as far as he’s concerned. It would give Einstein a heart attack and make Carl […]

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Everyone Is Born Blind

Posted by on April 29th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I always noticed that when my sons first started out coloring, whether it was their own mutated blobs, coloring books or plain ol’ restaurant place mats, they’d always use the wackiest shades to color in things and people. What they laid to page was as random as the course taken by a drop of water. […]

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Bandaid – Scrabble Scribble #6

Posted by on April 25th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

  Character-licensed bandaids are rad. Superheroes, cartoon celebrities, exotic animal prints oh my! They can also constitute a line item in your financial budgeting software if they’re really rad.   – Follow us on Facebook. You won’t need a bandaid, but we won’t judge if you wanna wear one. More Scrabble Scribble Comics See the […]

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A Word from an Older B(r)other

Posted by on April 24th, 2014, under SNAPSHOTS

Another installment from my Instagram account, @CharlieCapen. It’s my place to capture things as they come to me, in the moment, and unleash shitloads of typos on the world. But mainly, it’s a journal for my two boys. Here’s another entry from it that I wanted to share with you. “Finn, let me apologize now […]

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PARENT OPERATION (The Game)

Posted by on April 23rd, 2014, under INSTRUCTIONAL DIAGRAMS, SNAPSHOTS

Playing this game could seriously teach parents some vital skills in raising their kids. First and foremost: PATIENCE. Followed by the close 2nd: the ability to tolerate sudden startling noises. There’s probably a whole grab bag of other useful parenting traits to be gained or honed in playing this updated version of the classic kids’ […]

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5 Things I Miss About Being Childless

Posted by on April 22nd, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Becoming a parent was one of the most important and transformative things that has ever happened in my life. I can’t understate how much it’s changed me. I don’t think I ever truly understood what it meant to platonically love another human being until I had my boys. That being said… There are moments when […]

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My Wife Just Said… #157

Posted by on April 21st, 2014, under "MY WIFE JUST SAID..."

“Lucas, please! Your penis is not a musical instrument.” -Elizabeth   He’s four and a half years old. I’m sure I made a banjo of my twig and berries at that age, too. But still, it’s not an acoustic performance my wife and I are really interested in observing. Though, and I’m not sure how […]

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My Kid Just Said… #45

Posted by on April 18th, 2014, under "MY KID JUST SAID..."

“”Why does she sound like Darth Vader?” -Finn (2014, 4.5 years old)   Children oversimplify things. It’s just what they roll. My son was out with my wife while she ran some errands. A lady came up to them and asked them a question. She must’ve had some previous esophageal cancer or larynx ailment because […]

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Properly Not Giving a ####

Posted by on April 17th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

  WARNING: This post contains a lot of swearwords. If that offends you, click here.   Most heroes are too cool to care. (Watch a musical video aid.) Everyone has said they “don’t care” in one way or another at some point or always. It can be used for good, as if to declare emotional […]

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An Interview with my Son: 30 Years from Now

Posted by on April 16th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

I write too much about the present and the past. I’m stuck here, most days, too tired to dip into the future. So, I’m making this post an exercise in time travel. Sometimes, I look into my sons’ eyes and see moments we haven’t yet had. It’s thrilling. And terrifying. I snapped at Finn tonight […]

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